Chronic prenatal depression and neonatal outcome.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Four hundred and thirty pregnant women were recruited at approximately 22 weeks gestation at prenatal clinics. Of these, 86 (20%) were diagnosed as depressed. The women were seen again at approximately 32 weeks gestation and after delivery. Chronicity of depression was evidenced by continuing high depression scores in those women diagnosed as depressed. Comorbid problems were chronically high anxiety, anger, sleep disturbance, and pain scores. Less optimal outcomes for the depressed women included lower gestational age and lower birthweight of their newborns.

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Cited Authors

  • Field, T; Diego, M; Hernandez-Reif, M; Figueiredo, B; Schanberg, S; Kuhn, C; Deeds, O; Contogeorgos, J; Ascencio, A

Published Date

  • January 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 118 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 95 - 103

PubMed ID

  • 18041608

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0020-7454

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/00207450601042144


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England